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Poster: bluedevil Date: Jun 5, 2010 12:26am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Non-Dead RIP Wizard of Westwood

We'll truly miss you

Hey, Sam Gilbert says to put all drinks on his tab (and the escorts too....)



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Poster: high flow Date: Jun 5, 2010 12:59pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Non-Dead RIP Wizard of Westwood

I was Head Counselor at The John Wooden basketball Camp in 1990 and 1991. One of my duties was driving to Coach Wooden's condo and transporting him back to the Cal Lutheran Campus.

I did 2 weeks each summer at his camp and it was a truly life-altering experience(There's a GD related tale here, but that's another story). Of course being 20 I thought he was old at nearly 80. I remember being happy to have met him before he died.....here we are 20 years later. At 80 years-old the man could still capture the attention of a gymnasium full of 300 kids. Running drills using his soft voice through a microphone from up on stage, he was fully in command.

I had difficulty sleeping the night before my first trip to his home. I was very worried about the conversation. I decided I'd talk about the Dream Team and professionals in the Olympics. It was the perfect ice-breaker. He was very easy to talk with and I became very comfortable after the first few days.

His lessons transcended sport. He was one of my heroes in life.

This post was modified by high flow on 2010-06-05 19:59:03

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Poster: jerrys beard Date: Jun 8, 2010 12:13pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Non-Dead RIP Wizard of Westwood

Coming to the discussion late (better than never?)...had a chance to meet him at a Special Olympics fundraiser in Anaheim about six years ago. Just being around him was inspiring and peaceful. Asked him to autograph a copy of one of his books, which he did.

Heard he slept with a stack of letters on his bed that he had been writing to his late wife. If memory serves, he had written her one a week since her death 25 years ago. That kind of commitment to another person sure puts my selfish nature in perspective.

He didn't just tell people the right way, he lived it. Wish I had the balls to do the same.

RIP Coach.

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Poster: WHARFRAT Date: Jun 5, 2010 5:34am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Non-Dead RIP Wizard of Westwood

RIP JW,
99 yo IS a full life. Here's some quotes from the daily paper here:

Perform at your best when your best is required.
Your best is required each day.

Failure to act is often the biggest failure of all.

The star of the team is the team.
"We supercedes me"

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Jun 5, 2010 5:59am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Non-Dead RIP Wizard of Westwood

I was going to write some of same this morning . He was a great man . Consistent . Selfless . RIP

Maybe as a nation we should ponder the failure to act quote .

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Poster: dtzcuzn Date: Jun 5, 2010 12:33pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Non-Dead RIP Wizard of Westwood

"Happiness begins when selflessness ends." John Wooden


So true so true.A great man for all to learn from.Thank you Coach Wooden

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Poster: TOOTMO Date: Jun 8, 2010 12:26pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Non-Dead RIP Wizard of Westwood

I thought it was interesting that just a few years ago, he was the one that took his great-granddaughter to get her ears pierced. That's a lot of generations to span to have that type of closeness with someone.


TOOTMO

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jun 5, 2010 12:42am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Non-Dead RIP Wizard of Westwood

Ah, so you did see the news...just heard here. Quite the legend, and 99 good years. Always loved the stories about Bill W, just to make it slightly DEAD related. IE, about getting haircuts and proper behavior. My sister saw/heard him give one of those "motivational" seminars years ago and said he was great.

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Jun 5, 2010 1:44pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Non-Dead RIP Wizard of Westwood

I don't even like basketball but that guy should be an inspiration to all leaders. Building character by lifting people up instead of breaking them down. RIP

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Poster: Diamondhead Date: Jun 6, 2010 10:29am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Non-Dead RIP Wizard of Westwood

All your stories and comments are great and bring back fond memories in this sad moment. Me, UCLA 63-68, and spoiled on basketball for the rest of my life. I had a friend who was manager for the team and I got to go to practices occasionally. It was awesome to see. I also remember the day when the headline in the Daily Bruin showed a blurry b&w photo of some 'negro' kid who had just committed to UCLA. When Lew arrived, freshmen weren't allowed to play varsity. If you wanted to see the varsity play at 8pm, you had to get in line for the freshman game at 3:30 or you were screwed. RIP Mr. Wooden.

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